Volcano Watch: Remembering the Thanksgiving Eve Breakout from 2007

  • Aerial photograph showing the distal western branch of the Thanksgiving Eve Breakout (TEB). This flow was active on the western side of the TEB flow field, near the top of the Royal Gardens subdivision and east of Puʻu ʻOʻo. The Puʻu ʻOʻo cone and gas plume are visible in the upper left of the image and the TEB vent plume is visible in the upper center. Mauna Kea is visible in the background. USGS photo taken on January 19, 2010.

Recall this lava flow crisis from years ago: lava breaks out of the normal confines of the long-lived Pu‘u ‘O‘o eruption, with flows advancing relentlessly towards residential areas downslope. Over several months, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and County of Hawaii Civil Defense Agency monitor the hazards closely in lower Puna as the situation evolves.